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The 2009 NFL Combine Timing and Testing Sessions are being held from February 18-24 at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis, IN.
This scouting combine is an invitation only event for invited players and NFL team officials.
The tests performed include: 40 yard dash, bench press, vertical jump, standing long jump, 20-yard shuttle, three-cone drill, 60-yard shuttle as well as physical measurements (height and weight) and injury evaluations.
Other tests and evaluations include position-specific drills, interviews, drug screen, cybex test, and the famous wonderlic test.
What the Heck is a Wonderlic Test?
The Wonderlic Test is an intelligence test that has been around in the National Football League since the 1970s. The Wonderlic is a 12 minute, 50 question exam to judge their aptitude for adapting to certain situations.
The Wonderlic test comprises of a multiple choice questions and answers with increasing difficulty. The Wonderlic test is designed so most players will never have enough time to complete it.
Of course, Pat McInally, a punter and wide receiver from Harvard is the only football player to record a perfect score. I guess that’s why he went to Harvard.
2009 NFL Combine Results
Steelersdepot.com has the best up to date information of the 2009 NFL Combine Results.
The web site is interactive and updated on a frequent basis. I like the way you can sort columns.
The 3 key measurements to speed, power, and explosiveness are the 40 Yard Dash, Vertical Jump, and Standing Long Jump. Why they still call it the “Broad Jump” is beyond me.
After the initial “weigh-in” for their physical measurements, the 40 yard dash is usually the first event.
The fastest guys will be the Wide Receivers, but don’t count out the Running Backs.
For Wide receivers, 5 men were tested under 4.40 seconds for the 40 Yard dash.
- Heyward-Bey, Darrius – Maryland, 4.30
- Wallace, Mike – Mississippi, 4.33
- Knox, Johnny – Abilene Christian, 4.34
- Butler, Deon – Penn State, 4.38
- Thomas, Mike – Arizona, 4.40
I was keeping close tabs on Florida’s Percy Harvin and Louis Murphy, both timed at 4.41 and 4.43 respectively.
The vertical jump ranges between 36-42 inches.
A Standing Long Jump of over 10 feet is not uncommon. The World Record is 12 feet 4 inches, held by a Shot Putter.
Of course, the next step is the NFL Draft in April!